Winchester Rally’s closed after Monday morning fire

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Winchester Rally’s will be closed for at least a week after a fire broke out in the ceiling Monday morning.

Winchester firefighters received a call about the fire at 8:45 a.m. at the Rally’s on West Lexington Avenue and arrived to find light smoke coming from the front of the building.

Battalion Chief Chris Whiteley says crews went inside and started pulling ceiling tiles near the fryers at the front of the store and found fire in the attic space.

The fire department crews pulled out because it could have been dangerous to stay inside. Whiteley says fast food restaurants are often built quickly in a way “made to hurt firefighters”.

Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down from the outside of the building, in part by standing on a ladder truck’s platform to ventilate the roof.

Once the fire was extinguished and the department learned the 25-year-old building had solidly built rafters, firefighters went back inside to pull the remainder of the ceiling tiles to see if the fire had spread. Battalion Chief Whiteley says it had not spread much from the area above the fryers.

Whiteley says the building is moderately damaged and needs quite a bit of fixing, including electrical repair.

He says Rally’s will be closed for a week, but fast food restaurants often rebuild quickly.



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